Raymond Douglas Colvin


Raymond Douglas Colvin, 84 of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Mankato, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2019.
Ray was born on August 1, 1934 in Colfax, Washington to Douglas and Geneva Colvin (Mellick). He was the youngest of six children and grew up on a ranch. After graduating from high school, his college education was interrupted when he was drafted into the Army. Upon his honorable discharge in 1956, he headed east and completed his education. On August 30, 1968, he married May Alice Ellefson in Owatonna, Minnesota. They lived in Bemidji until moving to Mankato in 1972. He moved to St. Paul in 2003 and to Las Vegas in 2012.
Ray was a lifelong educator. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Medford High School. He worked many years as an instructor in the Business Administration department at Bemidji State University, until he became the Director of the Cooperative Vocation Learning Center in St. Peter. He finished his career as an instructor in the College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Ray was a wonderful cook and especially relished making cookies and candies at Christmastime. Ray enjoyed traveling and particularly loved his regular trips to Hawaii to see friends and family. He also loved spending time at the lake in Bemidji. Ray enjoyed his final years in Las Vegas, where he was an avid reader and made regular use of the local library.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents, his sisters Bernice and Betty, and his half-brother Robert Hart. He is survived by his son Eric and his wife Lori of Hastings, and their children Macree, Chloe and Ashford. Ray is also survived by his daughter Jennifer and her husband Derek Blaida of Chicago, Illinois, as well as his sisters Ethel Lidke and Clarice Maynard, and many nieces and nephews.
Ray was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be terribly missed, but always warmly remembered by those who knew him.
While Ray liked to joke that he wanted a Viking burial, that not being possible, and pursuant to his wishes, no funeral services will be held and a private burial will take place in Owatonna. Memorials may be given to Nathan Adelson Hospice, 3150 N. Renata Way, Suite 350, Las Vegas, NV 89128, or donor's choice.
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